Did you know that there is more than one type of tummy fat? One likes to live around your organs and the other sits just under your skin; but what can we do about it? How do we get rid of stomach fat? Well, today’s a good day because I’m going to give you a brief rundown on belly fat, what you can do about it at home and what non-surgical fat removal treatments can help you to shift it.
Let’s break down what the two main types of fat are. First up, we have visceral fat.
This is not the type of excess fat you want to hold on to for too long. It can be dangerous. It lives deep inside of you and makes its home around your abdominal organs and, an excessive amount of visceral fat can lead to type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease. I’ve even seen visceral fat be called ‘life threatening’. Not good news. However, as with all fat, we should have some in our bodies; a healthy amount of visceral fat helps to protect our organs (we definitely want that) and to help stabilise our core temperature.
How do we know if we have too much visceral fat?
A big tummy is a good indicator that you may have an excessive amount of fat around your organs. You can also use a set of scales that measures your body composition which will tell you; this can be done in a professional setting or there are these types of scales that come with phone apps you can buy to use at home.
How can I get rid of my visceral fat?
This type of belly fat tends to be the first to go when you lose weight so improving your eating and exercising habits are key. When you start a weight-loss mission, your motivation can be really hard to sustain. It’s more realistic to make small changes to your lifestyle and maintain them. When it comes to exercise, something is better than nothing; this could be going up and down the stairs, a few times extra a day or doing push-ups with every trip to the bathroom-there are lots of ways to be inventive and add a little more movement to your day which you can gradually build upon.
When it comes to food, consider your portion sizes. We are all guilty of ‘eyes are bigger than my belly’ syndrome and can easily overload our plates. A simple trick is to use a smaller plate! It might sound silly, but it works; you aren’t left gazing longingly at a half-empty plate, which instantly makes you feel like you’re missing out.
Include foods in your diet that have a low Glycaemic Index (GI), such as lean proteins and whole grains, as these will leave you feeling fuller for longer, as will food that has a high concentration of water-think fresh fruit and veggies. Although they have the same calories, a fresh, juicy apple will keep your tummy fuller for longer than a dried apple that contains the same calories.
If you find that you really struggle with your portion sizes and over-eating, you may like to learn more about The National Medical Weight Loss Programme that we offer at The Skin to Love Clinic (Hertfordshire) which helps you to lose weight from all over your body (not just your belly!) by curbing your hunger so that you can stop overindulging and start feeding your body for fuel and nutrients.
Next up, subcutaneous fat…
This is fat that sits under the skin rather than deep down around your organs. It’s found all over our bodies and we all have areas where we tend to ‘hold’ this type of fat more readily; thighs, bum, arms… for me, it’s my stomach and, as you’re reading this, I’m guessing that it’s probably the same for you.
Although visceral fat is deemed the ‘life-threatening fat’, excessive subcutaneous fat also has health implications; obesity, heart disease and diabetes are all risks.
How can I lose subcutaneous fat?
This type of fat can be a little tougher to shift and it tends to be lost after visceral fat; it’s there as an energy reserve for emergency situations after all. This means that you need to keep up the good eating and exercise habits discussed above and eventually you’ll achieve an overall weight loss.
So, what about if you’re at a healthy weight and you still have a ‘trouble spot’ of fat that isn’t reducing as much as you would like? Then maybe treatment is for you. Here are 2 of our favourite non-surgical fat reduction treatments:
- Cristal aka the ‘fat freezing treatment’. You may have heard of CoolSculpt? Well, Cristal uses the same technology (medical cryolipolysis) as its predecessor, CoolSculpt. The reason we chose the Cristal device over CoolSculpt to have in our Clinic was that at the time, CoolSculpt only had one treatment ‘head’ whereas Cristal has two; this meant that we could treat more areas at one time, for example, both the upper abdomen and lower abdomen simultaneously making the Cristal treatment quicker and more affordable for our clients.
Cristal is *ideal* for treating bulky subcutaneous fat and works by freezing the fat in the area you wish to treat (in our case, belly fat). Fat freezing brings about the death of the treated fat cells, of which the body safely and permanently removes.
If you’d like to know more about Cristal fat removal, have a look at our Cristal FAQs here.
- Liposonix aka the fat buster. Another form of non-surgical fat removal, Liposonix uses HIFU technology (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound… Don’t worry we’ll stick with ‘HIFU’) to destroy the fat cells you wish to target. Much like after Cristal fat reduction, your body naturally, safely and permanently removes the treated fat cells after a Liposonix treatment.
Liposonix is better suited to smaller amounts of fat and also has the added benefit of firming your skin in the treated area due to the warmth generated by the HIFU treatment energy. Note: this is an added bonus, Liposonix is not primarily a skin tightening treatment.
Can’t decide which treatment would be best for you? Not to worry, your consultant would assess you during a consultation and discuss what treatment would be best suited to your body and fat reduction goals. You are able to book a consultation here.
Disclaimer: This blog is not to be used for diagnostic purposes. We are all unique which means that our results, recovery and suitability for any type of treatment will vary. Always seek the advice of a professional should you have any health or cosmetic concerns or to discuss treatments specifically for you.